Matt Cassel certainly has his share of supporters and detractors both as starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. It's easy to look at his 2010 Pro Bowl season and believe that he's the man capable of leading the Chiefs to the playoffs. It's also possible to look at other subpar seasons and wonder whether the team isn't doing enough at the game's most important position. However, it's clear Cassel is now healthy and winning over his teammates.
New right tackle Eric Winston was recently asked about the man he's protecting after the first week of training camp and Winston said he likes what he sees so far.
"He has been impressive," said Winston. "The biggest thing to me is how many times he has probably had to switch playbooks over the last three years. I think a lot of that stuff can get jumbled in your head, I know it would for me. I was in a spot for six years, but when I came here some of the terminology means different things and you can get jumbled.
"For him it seems like he has been in this playbook for years. He's working out audibles and he seems to be making fewer mistakes. That is the most impressive thing."
Winston was in Houston to watch another quarterback with uncertain grades become one of the better passers in the NFL in Matt Schaub.
"To play the quarterback position is such a difficult position from the mental and physical stand point," said Winston. "When you have those things combined on a practice field against a great defense, and to see him executing the way he is, making the throws and making the catches, even making the run audible to different runs that are better, it has been impressive watching him work."